May 17, 2018 – Nurse Status


Anchor lead: A recent national report looks at the state of nursing, Elizabeth Tracey reports

A new national report looks at how nurses are faring around the country. Patricia Davidson, dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, says there were some common problems.

Davidson: Things that were identified in that article were compulsory overtime, and high turnover rates. We know in healthcare there’s a lot of push and pull factors, around discharging patients on time, on the other hand being penalized for 30 day readmissions. :18

Davidson says the report also underscored the variability in nurse’s pay and working conditions.

Davidson: There are lots of different environments within healthcare in the United States. That’s also an important signal that just one policy that’s coming from Washington is going to be more challenging to implement at a state level.  :13

Davidson notes that one thing is clear: the need for nurses remains high and will continue to grow. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.